Monday, 23 November 2020

New Publication

Matts project on tertiary amine organocatalysis is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering special issue on Mechanochemistry. Matt has demonstrated in some cases that the aza-MBH reaction can be run in significantly shorter reaction times (3 hours compared to 3 days) in the absence of reaction solvent. Matt also observed that asymmetric induction is possible in the absence of solvent although seemingly diminished in comparison to having solvent present, as ever, a privilege to work with Louis Morrill on this.

Matthew T. J. Williams, Louis C. Morrill* & Duncan L. Browne* ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2020,

Monday, 16 November 2020

Welcome to Dr Jamie Leitch

The group welcomes Dr Jamie Leitch as PDRA, working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project in collaboration with Prof. Adrian Porch and Dr Rebecca Melen . Jamies project will explore the use of Microwave analysis to determine the frustratedness of Lewis Pairings. Jamie was previously PDRA in the Dixon group and PhD with Prof. Chris Frost

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Groups work highlighted on Organic Chemistry Portal

The groups work on the Zinc-mediated Barbier-type allylation reaction under ball-milling has been further highlighted, this time over at the Organic Chemistry Portal

Thursday, 8 October 2020

PhD Student gives a talk at GSK Postgraduate Symposium

We're proud to have Will Nicholson representing the group today with a research talk at GSK's online Postgraduate Symposium event! Will will talk about mechanochemical C-N bond forming reactions, we expect many questions about pros and cons of milling - hopefully stimulating for all!

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Welcome to New PhD student Robert Bolt

The group welcomes Robert Bolt to UCL as a PhD student, Rob joins our effort in mechanochemistry, having previously studied for his MChem in the team in Cardiff. Welcome Rob.......sorry about the tricky start!

Robert Bolt

Thursday, 17 September 2020

New Publication

Andy, Will and Harry's thiol arylation project is published in Organic Letters. This took significant effort from Andy to increase the substrates scope using zinc metal. Andy found that addition of zinc metal to the reaction minimised disulfide formation and opened up the substrate scope to permit inclusion of alkylthiols. This project also highlights the robustness of reactions when conducted under ball-milling conditions

Andrew C. Jones, William I. Nicholson, Harry R. Smallman & Duncan L. Browne* Org. Lett., 2020, 22, 7433-7438.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Congratulations to Dr Stark

Congratulations to Roddy who passed his viva today and is the third member of the group to pass with a PhD (this time collaboratively with Ian Fallis), we are very proud of his achievements, getting up for those early morning preparations of Radio-FDG for patients must have been very rewarding....especially during the afternoon problem sets!. Thanks to Matt Tredwell and James Hodgkinson for examining via Zoom, its a shame we could celebate in person, but we still sent a tankard (and drinks). The tankard reads 'llongyfarchiadau'! Good luck Roddy.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Groups work highlighted on YouTube ChemHelpASAP channel

The groups work on the Zinc-mediated Barbier-type allylation reaction under ball-milling has been highlighted by Prof Erland Stevens on his YouTube channel 'ChemHelpASAP' aimed at highlighting recent literature to undergraduate students see: for the ChemHelpASAP channel. for the video corresponding to our publication.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

New Publication

Collaborative publication accepted! This was an interesting project comparing the thermal stability of dizonium salts with thier triazene congeners explored with the Harris Group. Congratulations to Christiane, Samy, Low and Colan, who collaboratively syntheised these molecules in batch and flow and performed the analysis

Christiane Schotten, Samy K. Leprovost, Low Ming Yong, Colan E. Hughes, Kenneth D. M. Harris & Duncan L. Browne* Org. Process Res. Dev., 2020,, 24, 2336-2341.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

New Publication

Congratulations to Yin and Roddy for the publication of their work on the zinc mediated Barbier-type allylation reaction under ball-milling conditions published in JOC!

Yin JieXiang, Roderick T. Stark, Ian A. Fallis & Duncan L. Browne* J. Org. Chem, 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b02876

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

PhD Position available in the group

There is a PhD Position available in our team 'Exploring Enabling Technologies for Organic Synthesis and Drug Discovery', ideally starting at UCL in Oct 2020, closing date for applications is 31st Jan - informal enquiries can be made by contacting Duncan. For further details see